Gay Bolero by Susan Crawford

Gay Bolero

by Susan Crawford
November 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 60 rows = 4 inches
in ridge pattern using 3.25mm needles (unstretched)
US 3 - 3.25 mm
689 - 1378 yards (630 - 1260 m)
28-30", 32-34", 36-38", 40-42", 44-46"
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A stylish and unusual jacket, originally from the 1940s, can be worn over summer dresses or teamed with jeans or trousers for winter wear. Knitting commences at centre front bottom edge and is constructed around a mitred centre point. The back is worked in striped ridges from the bottom up. The gathered sleeves create an elegant, tailored detail whilst allowing extra room in the sleeves for layers underneath. Designed to be worn open.

Knitted in Excelana 4ply 100% british wool from Susan Crawford in Land Army Green and Saharan Sand colour ways which can be purchased from the Susan Crawford Vintage online store

The pattern can also be found in A Stitch in Time Vintage Knitting Patterns, Volume 2: 1930-1959 which is available as sumptuous hardback book.

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Excelana 4 ply luxury wool

3 (4, 4, 5, 6) x 50g balls Saharan Sand or Alabaster
2 (3, 3, 4, 5) x 50g balls Land Army Green

Suggested Needles
3.25mm (US 3) needles

28 sts and 60 rows to 10cm(4in) measured over ridge pattern unstretched.
28 sts and 40 rows to 10cm(4in) measured over ridge pattern stretched.

Also required: Stitch markers
Techniques used: Mitred corners, Set in sleeves